Fees & Finance

At Hadlow College we offer extremely competitive tuition fees (see below) and we also offer lots of additional financial support and guidance.

Fees

From September 2017, Higher Education tuition fees will be up to £9,250 per year. 

As a partner college of the University of Greenwich, we'll be charging £8,630 per year for a full honours degree and £6,165 per year for a foundation degree / HND.
Part-time courses are available and fees are chargeable on a pro rata basis.

Please note that all published fees are for the first year of the programme only. A fee will be due for each subsequent year of the programme and will be requested at the beginning of each academic year. Fees for each subsequent year will be subject to an inflationary increase, based on the appropriate inflationary measure set by the Government each year.

Most students studying their first degree can apply for financial help for their fees from Student Finance England (SFE)

Am I eligible?

Your eligibility for the financial support available from Student Finance England will be mainly based on where you live and your previous study.

On the first day of the first academic year of your programme, you should be a UK national (or a person with ‘settled status’), ordinarily resident in England and have lived in the UK for at least three years. You may be eligible even if you don’t meet these requirements.  EU students from outside the UK who meet eligibility criteria will also be able to receive a tuition fee loan, although generally they will not be entitled to the maintenance loan. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands, you shouldn’t apply to Student Finance England for support; please apply to the relevant authority responsible for administering student finance in your home region.

If you hold an equivalent or higher level qualification to the one you intend to study, you won’t normally be eligible for financial support. If you hold a lower level Higher Education qualification, or you’ve previously studied in Higher Education but not achieved a qualification, support may be available but it will depend on the number of years you’ve previously studied in Higher Education. An exception to this rule is the Diploma in Education and Training; you’ll normally be eligible for a tuition fee loan for this programme even if you’ve already studied a Higher Education qualification, as long as you meet the other eligibility criteria and don’t already hold qualified teacher status.

For further guidance regarding eligibility visit the Student Finance website.

Tuition fee loan

Available for most students studying their first degree, both full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the tuition fee loan.  Designed to cover the cost of your tuition (up to a maximum of £8,630 per year) you only start paying this back once you are earning over £21,000 a year.  This loan is paid directly to the course provider, either the University of Greenwich or Hadlow College (depending on which course you are studying). 

This loan will cover the full cost of your tuition fee and is paid direct to the College or the partner university in three instalments across the academic year. It is available to both full-time and part-time students and is non means-tested, which means that it isn’t based on your household income. It is repayable, but not until you’ve left your programme and you’re earning over £21,000 per year.

For further information on the above please visit the Student Finance website.

Maintenance loan

If you enrol on a full-time programme, you may be eligible for a maintenance loan to help with living costs during your studies, such as travel, accommodation and course materials. You must be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your programme to be eligible for this loan. It is paid direct to your bank account in three instalments, at the start of each term. The maximum loan available for those who live away from home Is £8,430 per year.  You can apply for a maintenance loan for each year of study.

Like the tuition fee loan, the maintenance loan is repayable but not until you’ve left your programme and you’re earning over £21,000 per year.
Part-time and EU students are generally not eligible for the maintenance loan.

For further information on the above please visit the Student Finance website.

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you may be eligible for a DSA. This grant will help pay for extra costs you might have as a direct result of your disability, condition or learning difficulty, such as human support, travel costs and assistive technology. It is available to both full-time and part-time students and, providing you complete your programme, it does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for the DSA is based entirely on your level of need and circumstances (your household income isn’t taken into consideration).  This grant is available to both full-time and part-time students and it doesn’t matter if you have a degree already.

Please note that the College will be unable to provide you with additional support if you haven’t been awarded appropriate funding through a DSA.

For further information on the above please visit the Student Finance website.

Other grants and allowances

In addition to the main forms of support described above, there are several other grants available to you if you enrol on a full-time programme and meet certain criteria, such as if you have children or adult dependants. These are briefly described below, with more information available at www.gov.uk/student-finance. None of these grants are repayable unless you leave your programme early or are overpaid.

Childcare Grant

This is intended to help with childcare costs if you have dependent children aged under 15 (or under 17 if they have special educational needs) in registered or approved childcare. You can get 85% of childcare costs.  The maximum support you can receive is:

  • up to £159.59 a week for 1 child
  • up to £273.60 a week for 2 or more children

Parents' Learning Allowance

This is intended to help with course-related costs if you have dependent children and is linked to your household income.  Currently up to £1,617 per year.

Adult Dependants' Grant

This is intended to help with costs if an adult depends on you financially and is linked to your household income. You can get up to £2,834 per year

Interest

You’ll pay interest on your loans from the day that your first payment is made until the loan is paid or written off, whichever is first. The amount of interest charged varies between the rate of inflation (RPI) and the rate of inflation plus 3%. Further information is available in Student Finance England’s website – www.gov.uk/student-finance

Repaying the loan

The tuition fee loan and the maintenance loan are added together and paid off as one loan. If you’re a full-time student, you’ll be due to start repaying your loan in the April after you complete or leave your programme. If you’re a part-time student, you’ll be due to start repaying your loan in the April after you leave your programme or the April which falls four years after the first day of your programme, whichever comes first. You’ll only start making repayments when you’re earning over £21,000 per year, and you’ll repay 9% of the amount you earn over this threshold. For example, if you earn £25,000 per year, you’ll repay 9% of £4,000 (£360, equating to £30 per month) in that year. If your income stops or falls below this threshold, your repayments will automatically stop. Any loan remaining after 30 years will be written off and the loan is not passed on to any family members.

Further information is available in Student Finance England’s website – www.gov.uk/student-finance

Calculating how much support

You can get a quick estimate of what student loans and grants you could get by using Student Finance England’s student finance calculator. Please note that this will only provide an estimate; Student Finance England will determine the level of loan and grant for which you are eligible when you submit your application.

When to apply

Home students

Applications should be made to Student Finance England (SFE) at www.gov.uk/student-finance. If you’re going to study a full-time programme, you should apply by 30 May 2017 to ensure that your funding is in place at the start of your programme. You can still apply after this date, but you might not receive your funding on time. It’s important to note that you don’t need to have a confirmed place at a college or university to apply; you can apply using your first choice and change it a later date if necessary.

Applications for part-time student finance usually open in April each year and you should apply as soon as possible before the start of your programme.

EU students

Applications usually open in April for both full-time and part-time students. You’ll need to submit a paper application form to the Student Finance Services Non-UK Team. When available, you can download the form and a guide to help you with your application at www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms.

Further information and advice

In addition to the statutory funding mentioned above, Hadlow College aim to help and support students in financial need.  We can help with bursary searches, short term loans and budgeting plans.  There are also additional support schemes available, including:

  • Access to Learning Fund (ALF)
  • Hadlow Emergency Fund

Please speak to our Student Financial Guidance Officer for further details.

The following links provide further information about student finance and the application process:

Visit The Student Loan Company

www.slc.co.uk

 

A useful guide from Student Finance England

Student Finance England Guide to Financial Support
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Contact our HE Recruitment Team for further information, Advice and Guidance on our range of Degree Courses, or visit one of our course information evenings

Telephone:        0500  551434
Email:                enquiries@hadlow.ac.uk